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Two president's are at the White House today President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
-- former president George H.
Bush and former First Lady.
Barbara Bush to celebrate volunteer is done in this country specifically a program called points of light.
It was founded by then President Bush back in 1989.
As a way to celebrate individual volunteers who make a difference every day and today that organization is hitting a big milestone they're giving -- their 5000.
Point of light award.
Joining me now is Ed Rollins the former national director for the Reagan bush campaign fascinating four and a Fox News contributor and welcome the always good to see you.
This is set quite an occasion this is a -- President Bush back at the White House today your thoughts this is a lovely.
Location as we watch all the partisan bickering going on.
And we see someone it was a very good man George H.
Who basically started this program it was not it was not one of the great the highlights of his administration initially but it turned out to be something.
Very long lasting and and and thousands and thousands of volunteer.
Organizations have been.
The you just honored for -- for their performance including a group today.
-- basically is feeding you know tens of thousands of young starving kids around the world.
I think for the president to have bought this together I think is is -- what the best of Washington the best of our government's.
You know I'm just -- the -- -- is filling up here at the White House is 140.
6 eastern time right now and you think back on a thousand points of light speech.
One of the more famous speeches that was given by President Bush.
And he hasn't been as somewhat challenged in with some health issues over the last year -- sell.
So it's it's a wonderful thing that he's able to make it tacked to the White House today with his wife Barbara has been some time since they've been back.
Well it's it's it's amazing to watch -- indicate he always is is is -- Looks enemy and -- even though it he's gone -- some serious illness and she -- his Leah looks fabulous.
Another old enough to be the presence grandparents.
And have -- stress -- themselves who I was -- president but I think the great thing here is at bipartisanship aside.
This is honoring people who have done great things for this country this is good news.
Who will always honor as opposed to some of the ugliness of the partisanship that we've watched over the last several weeks and months.
Now we have seen a lot of that and we know that that President Obama and his wife have also.
Being that big proponents of community service and have of giving back.
To the country and designating a day to do that themselves.
And you're -- you're right it's it's fascinating to watch the generations.
That go through the White House but it's a very.
-- -- as you have mentioned that an -- we are living in a very different time now when when President Bush was in office there seem to be quite a bit more.
In terms of reaching across the -- or is that just how it seems now.
Well that was funny partisanship but the President Bush have been a member of congress say it many many friends.
On the hill he went up everyday and played racquetball when he was vice president -- he -- all kinds of events for Democrats and Republicans mainly Republicans obviously.
He was a very well liked man by the by his colleagues.
And so they responded to him he worked very hard -- making sure that that was bipartisanship.
You know may have been a different time different Arab but I think it's same time was a better time -- -- better.
And as we're facing these enormous problems across this country a little bit more -- that would be very helpful.
It -- interesting add to reflect back on -- presidency.
And it seems that you know most presidents when they leave office.
You know people are kinder to them.
Their approval numbers tend to rise -- -- the further away they they get from the opposite.
And it I just find it fast -- one of the things it's always been said about the first President Bush was that he may have been the most qualified.
For the job that would that we've ever seen when you look at his incredible career.
Ambassador to China head of the CIA -- member of congress as you point out then a vice president he's had an extraordinary.
Extraordinary career here.
Extraordinary occurred extraordinary Reza man and I I served in the White House when he was.
The vice president and he was a very very loyal.
Contributed a great deal to Ronald Reagan.
If some people said he got Ronald Reagan's third term but -- in essence he finished.
A lot of the it the -- -- international arena I finished the Cold War he did it very very well.
-- unfortunately he was defeated and we who had tough economic times.
And sometimes -- defeated it takes a while that has people now are looking back on his presidency and then they look very fondly on on the man.
That there was never disgraced there was never dishonesty he was -- he was a very significant man and obviously historians will be very kind to him I think.
And that is to be sure Ed.
When asked to stay with us -- and take a quick break we'll squeeze in a break and then we'll head back to the White House to watch -- really.
Beautiful moment that's about to unfold as we see president George Herbert Walker Bush returned to Pennsylvania Avenue this afternoon we'll be right back.
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